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dc.contributor.authorBarker, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorAlderson, Rosanna Grace
dc.contributor.authorMcDonagh, James L.
dc.contributor.authorPlaisier, Heleen
dc.contributor.authorComrie, Muriel Margaret
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Leigh
dc.contributor.authorMuirhead, Gavin T.P.
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Stuart D.
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-28T11:09:59Z
dc.date.available2015-10-28T11:09:59Z
dc.date.issued2015-10-28
dc.identifier.citationBarker , D , Alderson , R G , McDonagh , J L , Plaisier , H , Comrie , M M , Duncan , L , Muirhead , G T P & Sweeney , S D 2015 , ' University-level practical activities in bioinformatics benefit voluntary groups of pupils in the last 2 years of school ' , International Journal of STEM Education , vol. 2 , 17 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-015-0030-zen
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 223321164
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: cd6b6777-05e1-4d05-8985-75494f870369
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84959501857
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000442749600017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/7704
dc.descriptionThis work was supported in part by the Science and Technology Facilities Council under grant ST/M000435/1 to Daniel Barker.en
dc.description.abstractBackground Bioinformatics—the use of computers in biology—is of major and increasing importance to biological sciences and medicine. We conducted a preliminary investigation of the value of bringing practical, university-level bioinformatics education to the school level. We conducted voluntary activities for pupils at two schools in Scotland (years S5 and S6; pupils aged 15–17). We used material originally developed for an optional final-year undergraduate module and now incorporated into 4273π, a resource for teaching and learning bioinformatics on the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. Results Pupils’ feedback forms suggested our activities were beneficial. During the course of the activity, they provide strong evidence of increase in the following: pupils’ perception of the value of computers within biology; their knowledge of the Linux operating system and the Raspberry Pi; their willingness to use computers rather than phones or tablets; their ability to program a computer and their ability to analyse DNA sequences with a computer. We found no strong evidence of negative effects. Conclusions Our preliminary study supports the feasibility of bringing university-level, practical bioinformatics activities to school pupils.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of STEM Educationen
dc.rights© 2015 Barker et al. Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectBioinformaticsen
dc.subjectComputational biologyen
dc.subjectSecondary schoolen
dc.subjectRaspberry Pien
dc.subjectOpen access teaching materialen
dc.subjectCase studyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subject.lccQH301en
dc.titleUniversity-level practical activities in bioinformatics benefit voluntary groups of pupils in the last 2 years of schoolen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Chemistryen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-015-0030-z
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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